September 1999 - Tuesday
Palm Clone 22:51
must be drooling over these little sweet things, go
Cache and I/O Optimization 19:45
childhood pals over at ArsTechnica
posted two articles on Cache
Optimization for NT. You can check from there
whether you have your cache settings set correctly under
system really requires a different setting. Not
all systems experience the same amount of file I/O
operations, and not all systems experience disk I/O
bottlenecks in the same way, since processor power,
disk access & transfer rate, and memory size play
a part in overall performance. So, be prepared
to tweak here and there. How much improvement
can you expect? Well, let's put it this way -
this is a tweak for a true tweaking nut. You're
not going to experience mind shattering improvements,
but hey, you're here because you want to squeeze out
every juicy drip, right?
RAM Prices 19:42
editorial over at AnandTech
where Anand explained the recent RAM spikes as well as
some info on the coming RDRAM.
biggest question on everyone's mind (ok, maybe no the
biggest but it is definitely an important one) is
"what is up with the sharp increase in RAM
prices?" Although I don't have a single
"it's his fault" finger pointing answer for
you all, I do have quite a few sources that I managed
to talk to and quite a bit of information that they
provided me with. There are potentially a number
of causes of this DRAM price hike we've been forced to
endure and what I'd like to touch on are a few of the
most likely (although not necessarily true *cough*
disclaimer *cough*) reasons you have to pay over twice
as much for a 128MB DIMM now than you did just a few
Xlerate Pro 19:40
sound gurus over at 3DsoundSurge
posted a review on the TerraTec Xlerate Pro Vortex2
soundcard. So how does it fare? You can check out the
rest from here.
is most famous for their EWS soundcards. EWS is an
acronym for EierlegendeWollmilchSau, a German
idiomatic expression literally translated as ‘Egg
laying, wool covered milk giving sow’ or, in other
words, ‘multifunction’. Multifunction here means a
single soundcard that includes the most common
requirements for MIDI and music production in a PC
environment so it's not a product line aimed for
gamers. For the gaming market Terratec decided to
launch a new product line XLerate, where the first
card called XLerate used the Vortex1 and now XLerate
Pro that uses the Vortex2 chip. Let’s have a look at
the XLerate Pro.
Advance Texture Compression 19:37
this is hot! FiringSquad
article on the freshly announced FXT1 technology to
be implemented in the Voodoo4. Now S3TC is finally
beginning to see some competition. :)
by taking textures and performing lossy compression
algorithms on them, such 2D images can be shrunk down
to less than 1/100th the original size, depending on
how much detail is preserved (the accuracy of the
representation compared to the original image). Using
texture compression has two major obvious benefits.
The first is storage. If textures are compressed to ½
their normal size, twice as many textures can be used
with the same amount of memory, or textures which are
twice as big can be used without a performance hit.
your own Rig 19:35
1 of the 4 parts article on teaching you how to
build your own computer.
today's modern era of computing, people who spend
money on computers want their computers fast,
affordable, but most of all, upgradeable for the
future. And it's for that reason that a lot of people
that have the knowledge, or want to learn how, builds
their own powerful computer setup. In this four part
article, I'm going to show you guys how to build the
computer of your dreams that will run circles around
any kind of retail computer.
Final Release 19:33
buds over at NT
Gaming Palace dropped us a line that DirectX 7 Final
Release has been released over at the DirectX
Premium Site (official beta testers only). A version
for Windows 2000 will follow up shortly.
CPU Price List 19:31
goodness CPU prices didn't go north like RAM sticks. Tech-Review
posted a updated price list (updated every Tuesday). You
can check out the prices from
GlobalWin 802 Case 18:01
That's right. A company more famous for their cooling
solutions have gone into the case-making business. So
with their main concern in providing top-rate cooling
for your PC, is there a transfer of expertise
into their new business? Check this review
housing is a very unique shape, design to channel air
into the case more efficiently. To make sure it get
clean air, Global Win includes a filter at the front
of the case
#26: Your Present Printer 17:57
dokie, got my lazy hands to charting the last poll and
here you have it. It doesn't surprise that most people
are armed with inkjets. Others? Thermal printers?
P3C Announcement In Turkey 17:53
sent note that the Asus P3C has been announced in
Turkey, first anywhere in the world. He's stuck along
of this site that has information on the
complete variation of the P3C range.
FXT1 Texture Compression 17:48
up on ExtremeHardware's
front page is fresh information about 3dfx's latest
technology announcement - their very own texture
compression algorithm said to have an edge over S3's
S3TC due to its higher 8:1 compression ratio. In my
excitement, here's a large snip for your reading.
analyzing the current available texture compression
methods (basically only S3TC, which is now DXTC), 3dfx
decided that the technology wasn't quite good enough.
So, 3dfx went ahead and developed FXT1 Texture
Compression. FXT1 is different than other texture
compression technologies in that it uses four
different compression algorithms. Each texture is
broken up into 4x4 or 4x8 texel blocks, and each block
is compressed individually. For each texel, all four
compression algorithms are used, and the one that
produces the highest quality image is used.
Texture Compression has a few key benefits. First of
all, it achieves an 8:1 compression ratio, which is
the best texture compression ratio so far (S3TC/DXTC's
is 6:1). Secondly, FXT1's image quality is marginally
better than S3TC, although there isn't too much of a
noticeable difference. At the press conference, we
were looking at blown up images and everyone still had
to strain to see the differences in image quality.
Either way, the image quality difference between a
compressed and an uncompressed image is hardly
noticeable, especially in gameplay.
main benefit to FXT1 Texture Compression is that it is
a completely open-source technology. Furthermore, it
has cross-platform and cross-API support. Thus,
developers aren't limited to using Direct X 6 if they
want to use texture compression. Additionally, since
FXT1 is open-source, any hardware can support it
provided that proper driver adaptation is done.
1999 SCSI Drive RoundUp 17:43
just put up their roundup for this summer's SCSI drives
and you'll be curious to know which monster won their
editor's choice! Click
here right away.
Name, Cool Card 17:40
you can always expect, the man always tells it his way. HardOCP
reviews the Guillemot
MaxiGamer Xentor 32. We've yet to try out any cards
from the company, and we'll sure like some hands on in
their future products man! Heh!
Guillemot Maxi-Gamer Xentor 32 TNT2 Ultra (see) card
is one of the most outstanding video cards we have
seen and stands very close to getting all the same
kudos of the Diamond TNT2 Ultra. I did think the
visual quality of the Diamond was a little better but
that could arguably be in my head. The Xentor does
come with an overclocking utility built as an add-on
that is installed independent of the the driver set
which is very nice. You can OC on the fly for when you
your machine for a little gaming and then bring it
back to spec for catching up on the latest news.
overclocking ability of our OEM board was nothing
short of phenomenal and the cards ability to handle
high AGP bus speeds is very important to us. This is a
solid card to choose if you are going to be OCing
PIIIs in the future.
22" Of Love 06:22
reviewed the 22" of Apple
Cinema Display (22" LCD display) which was
announced recently with the launch of the new G4. Don't
ask me how much it cost, probably an arm plus a leg
(throw in a body as well).
1600 by 1024, the image on the ACD is razor sharp. For
many, the text may be too small at this resolution,
however, because the ACD is a LCD, you can sit pretty
much as close as you want to the screen without
eye-fatigue. There actually are a whole slew of
resolutions available that Apple does not list in
their spec sheet. The problem with all of these
resolutions is that, in order to draw them on the
fixed pixels of a LCD, some weird pixel manipulation
has to go on. Because of this, the images at all but
1600x1024 look fuzzy and poorly defined. Text is more
difficult to read, even when it's larger. Basically,
other resolutions may be good for when you want to
play Quake III, but 1600 by 1024 is the only
resolution worth running in normal use.
Live! X-Gamer/MP3 06:07
this is interesting. Noticed over at AGN
Hardware that the guys previewed the SB
Live! X-Gamer/MP3 soundcards. Hmm, I've never seen
this before locally but basically it is the SB Live! in
looks like the new additions to the Creative
Family world are coming to a new level with the
Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer and the Sound Blaster
Live! Mp3+ format of the sound cards. Even though
the drivers are similar to the current Sound
Blaster Live!, Creative managed to bring both of
the cards to a new level.
Spectra 400 Mhz Upgrade Module 06:03
reviewed the EverGreen
Spectra 400 Mhz upgrade module which amazingly fits
into Socket 5, Socket 6 and Socket 7 motherboards.
Experience tells me you are better off with a brand new
Spectra400Mhz is essentially a K6-2-400 CPU from AMD
built onto a small circuitry system, this allows you
to adapt to older voltage and pin designs. Previous
Evergreen CPUs have only been able to boost P75's and
upwards to 200Mhz including MMX instructions, a 400Mhz
boost is a massive leap forwards. The difference is
obviously that being a K2-6 CPU you get 3Dnow!
Instructions on-top of existing MMX, in general a more
up to date CPU.
Radio Controlled Tank 05:23
sent note on an interesting 'review' they performed on a
Tamiya radio-controlled M4
Sherman tank. Wow...I used to play with radio
controlled cars 10 years ago until I got to know this
thing called a computer. Darn, I should have stick to
playing radio controlled cars, at least they don't have
a 12 months shelf life.
T-01 DMD Control Unit is a clever little piece of
gear. Much larger than most electronic speed
controllers but not much heavier, its circuit board
packs a Motorola microcontroller, an interesting
undocumented "Mode" switch and a total of
ten header pins which no doubt also have some
interesting function. It's probably made to work in
future robotics kits as well as straight R/C.
T-01's speed controller circuitry has a high drive
frequency. Electronic speed controls use pulse width
modulation to vary motor power, and the faster they
switch the current the gentler they are to the motors
they're connected to. The Sherman's motors, at less
than full power, sing the distinctive high note of a
dropped us a line about their latest review on the Cambridge
major advantage to a high watt specification is power
and clarity. The higher the watts, the louder the
speakers can go and the less distorted they become. If
you turn the volume of your speakers up, you should
begin to notice a hissing sound develop. The higher
the watt specification, the lower the hiss at higher
volumes, enabling your speakers to produce cleaner
sound at higher volumes.
out the review on the ABIT
BE6 over at 3DHardware.net.
With support for 8 IDE devices and ATA-66, it was a
pretty good board until the recent announcement of the
really started the ball rolling for Abit is the CPU
Softmenu, the graphical system for setting the
"jumpers" (the board doesn't have any
traditional jumpers for setting CPU speed or bus
speed). This allows you to change settings quickly and
easily. Want to test the machine at 124Mhz FSB
(unlikely to work)? Give it shot, you don't even need
to crack the case open. You can also tweak bus speeds,
from 66Mhz all the way up to 150Mhz, with some unusual
settings included (like 115Mhz). A unique feature of
this board is that at 124-150Mhz the PCI ratio is set
to 1/4 rather than the standard 1/3.
has a pretty nice review on CyberPower
2000 (nah it's not a game), a UPS with a 1500VA
rating for your computer.
98 detected the PnP device and asked for the drivers.
I popped in the diskette and everything loaded without
a single glitch. The software that it installs is
called "Power Panel Plus for Power2000." It
has an extremely easy to use graphic interface with
tons of options, which I suggest you leave most to
default. It also places a small icon on the systray
(although it says Power99 there).
3 Price Comparison v5 04:23
posted a Athlon/Pentium
3 Price Comparsion guide helping people to see the
trend on the prices of the processors and motherboards.
is apparently still a bit worried about losing sales
of 500Mhz, 550Mhz and 600Mhz processors with approx.
2%, 7% and 3% price cuts respectively. AMD
is feeling quite confident; note the less than 1%
price drop at 500Mhz, 550Mhz and 600Mhz.
September 1999 - Monday
Playstation 2 Unveiled! 21:40
News abound on Sony's successor to their industry
leading Playstation. Thanks Kenny
Chan for the heads up to this article
Here's a pic of the sexy setup box you might soon have
to accompany their new WEGA you splurged on!
Heatsink Review 21:33
the more adventurous, Ultimate3D
has a review on Xample Technologies' Xtreme
Heatsink for the Pentium II. It was found to work
very well and the reviewer actually upped his
Deschutes PII-266 to 448Mhz after performing surgical
stunts with his chip.
have a Deschutes P2 266 that wouldn't run stable at
448Mhz (4X112 @ 2.0v) in any 3D game for more than 2
minutes. I had a AOC P2 cooler on it with a 80mm fan
blowing on top of it. After I installed the Xtreme
heatsink running alongside the AOC cooler, it can
take 448Mhz (2.0v) with ease.
Zap! Your PC Is Dead! 16:56
Warfare - from home?! Not bad, imagine a few highly
trained IT terrorists walking by my apartment and
zapping all my electronics to smithereens! That's drama in low life,
but what about the military and medical institutions?
See this ZDNet
Cooled 800Mhz Athlon 16:42
never fails to amaze people what super cooling can
achieve. But I believe most of you read them knowing
for sure that you won't have one sitting as your
regular PC at home! FiringSquad
has another such
article to whet your appetite. Bad!
change refrigeration is five times more effective
than forced liquid cooling, and fifty times more
effective than a heatsink and fan unit. The KryoTech
Cool Athlon 800 system takes the CPU all the way
down to a chilly -40°C.
you are a real fan, you would have played the game
already! But if you're prefer listening to more views
about this highly-awaited sequel, then check out 3DSpotlight's
is what matters most about this game & this is
where it excels. Play balance is almost perfect,
overall though I’d have to say all things equal
GDI should win. NOD are fast & stealthy, GDI are
slow but powerful. As in the previous games there is
a reliance on destroying the other sides harvester
to cut of money supply to them. Bridges add a new
tactical element to the game though. In the mission
I mentioned above that follows destroying the DAM,
destroying the 2 bridges effectively cuts off NOD
from you, leaving you only to deal with the odd
incursion of NOD subterranean APC’s & Devil's
Tongue flame tank. You can then pick of NOD with
your air units. Engineers can repair bridges though.
The enemy AI makes it a priority to repair damaged
Acquisition Of Star Division: Review 16:26
an acquisition? Well, yeah! osOpinion
has posted a short
page of their thoughts on Sun's 2 weeks old
purchase of Star Division and their famous StarOffice
applications suite. Indeed, it is promising and
judging from the fact that it's free, it could make an
impact when they get the edges smoothened out.
has a review
on the above dual processor mobo together with a dual
Celeron setup. He managed to get the CPUs up to speed
with good stability, not bad!
board is one of the most stable boards I have
tested. I installed Win98, NT 4.0 SP5, Win2k, and
RedHat Linux v6.0 and had not a single crash. This
can be at least partially attributed to the fact
that I could only run at either a 66 or 100MHz FSB,
but it is still very impressive. I was able to run
this board in a dual configuration using the
supplied MSI 6905 v1.1 adapters and the Celeron 300a
processors at both 300 and 450MHz with no problems.
For fun I also threw in a PIII-450 processor and it
recognized it and ran fine.
speed of the board was also very good. Even
when running Win98 in a single processor config
(Win98 does not take advantage of dual
processors...) the speed was impressive. It was
definitely at the top of the heap when compared to
the other BX chipset boards I have tested.
Palo Alto ATX Mid-Tower 06:56
reviewed the Palo
Alto ATX Mid-Tower casing. With only two
5.25" drive bays, it's a bit small for me.
the ATCX, this ATX Mid-Tower doesn't offer the same
convertible functionality that made the ATCX such a
big OEM win (the ATCX could be converted into a
desktop with a different front bezel). For
most users, however, this won't be a big
disadvantage if it is one at all, as it is mainly a
benefit for large OEMs that have to tailor to the
needs and wants of more than one user.
We Need A 128MB Video Card? 06:53
Check out 3DGPU
where they posted an interesting article on whether we
will need a 128MB
video card. I won't be surprised to see 64MB video
cards popping out soon.
32mb on a card allows double buffered 32-bit
rendering at 1600x1200 resolution. With 128mb, you
can probably go to some truly ungodly resolution,
and still have a z-buffer, and double buffering.
Does this give you any advantages? Not until the
graphics processors will run at any reasonable speed
above 1600x1200 and until there are monitors that go
above that. This was one of the things that made the
jump from 8mb to 16mb to 32mb worthwhile, in that
you were able to run 3D games in higher
Celeron 433 06:50
The guys over at FullOn3D
posted a review on the Intel
Celeron 433 processor. They only managed to
overclock the processor to 488 Mhz. Not your type of
take a different approach and show the performance
of this processor immediately and cover the
impressions of this processor later on. I tested the
Celeron 433, clocked at 433 MHz and overclocked to
488 MHz (75 MHz bus) and compared it to an
overclocked Celeron 300A at 450 MHz. We also decided
to take a different spin and test the processor on a
VIA Apollo Pro 133, a lower cost solution to the BX,
which suits the Celeron line.
Soyo SY-6BA+ III 06:49
I was trying very hard not to post anything this
morning, but I just couldn't help it. :) Our buds over
at BxBoards posted
their thoughts on the Soyo
SY-6BA+ III Slot-1 motherboard which is a pretty good and
setup can be controlled without having to delve
inside the case. Multipliers from 2x up to 8x are
available and the range of bus speeds have the PCI
speed neatly appended. AGP clock speed can be set to
auto which means that the AGP clock will always be
correctly derived many if not all mainboards still
require this to be set by an onboard jumper.
Additionally the AGP speed is shown as well,
including a scary 100Mhz when the board is operating
at 150Mhz. Auto setting will always ensure the
correct AGP clock is available, and a 1/1 and 2/3
ratio is also user selectable.
added another Drakan
review to the community. Check it out if you like
RPGs in the medieval world.
magnificent flaming dragon, able to burn everything
in it's path, feared by all enemies. Without a story
to back it up, however, this would be just another
"I can do 3rd person games too" game. Rynn
and her brother are out for a walk through the green
valleys of the land of Drakan when suddenly orc
forces ambush them. Rynn tries to fight them off,
but her puny sword is no match to the orcish hordes.
Her brother is captured yet Rynn escapes and heads
back to her town.
Peltier CPU Cooler 06:30
If you have a fetish for peltiers, then check out SharkyExtreme
new review on the MC100
Peltier CPU Cooler.
side of the crystalline semiconductor material, or
TEC (Thermo-Electric Cooler) becomes extremely cold
when activated depending upon what maximum rating it
was manufactured to, while the other side of the TEC
becomes hot as it draws the heat away.
a Peltier propelled TEC ceramic pad for CPU cooling
makes a lot of sense when looked at briefly, but the
side effects of TEC cooling are somewhat hazardous
upon closer examination.
September 1999 - Sunday
Asus P3B-F Review Wilfred
just completed his review
on the P3B-F and you would be interested to find
out how the P3B stacked up against the competition. A
favourite brand amongst many, but with the imminent
availability of the Abit BE6-II and BF6, did it win
P3B-F is a decent board with several interesting new
features but really begs the more important ones. It
is a good motherboard and performs smoothly without
problems but definitely is not a cut above the rest.
There is nothing distinct such as step by step FSB
adjustment or a setting similarly flexible to allow
a much larger range of overclocked speeds. The lack
of onboard UDMA/66 support will place the P3B-F
behind newly released boards which have it.
Mid-Tower Casing 18:54
sent note on their new review on the Antec
KS-280 Mid-Tower casing. On a side note, have you
seen the new ASUS T15 casing yet?
the specifications and the side view you can see
that the case has ample room for any size
motherboard. This case supports 3 5.25" drives
and 2 3.5", 3 if you don't use a floppy drive.
Aesthetically speaking the case is great. The
picture can't show you but on the front panel the
side edges flair out which looks pretty cool. While
I'm discussing the front panel, I liked to point out
that the case has good ventilation spots on the
front in the form of slits all along the side of the
part that flairs out (where the power/reset button
is on) and at the bottom. I felt a slight draft of
air being sucked in from the vents so I know they
work. The front panel also of course has the usual
power and reset buttons. It also has a square shaped
sunken in section that you can use to place your own
EtherFast 10/100 18:51
reviewed the Linksys
EtherFast 10/100 NIC card.
card is a 32-bit PCI card with a WOL connector on
it. The card comes with the WOL cable in case your
motherboard supports WOL connections that accept
"magic packets" that turn the computer on.
Included is a very concise six-step installation
procedure that is outlined on a packet. Quite useful
if you don't want to consult the extremely tiny
manual that never stays open instead. Also included,
are quick driver installation guides for Windows98
and Windows95 based computers. Quite useful if
you're unfamiliar with such processes. After I did a
brief overview of the product, I decided I best be
Generation 3D Spec Shootout 18:48
posted an article called Next
Generation 3D Spec Shootout where the fire gals
touched on the various techniques used in the new
generation of graphics cards we will be seeing
you may already know, S3 and Nvidia both announced
their upcoming 3D cards last week. S3 announced the
Savage2000 last Monday, and worked with a couple S3
fansites and a few general hardware sites (including
ours) to have previews ready for the product
announcement. The Savage2000 generated plenty on
interest, but Nvidia quickly took the limelight away
from S3 by starting their hype on their next
generation product that same day.
Vortex 2 10:08
dropped us a line on their new review of the Sonic
Vortex2 soundcard - based on the A3D 2.0 chipset.
audio extensions are basically attempts by both
companies to make their sound card better anyone
else’s. EAX adds more effects and since Creative
has a lot of marketing power will be supported by
more games. A3D’s effects are more realistic than
EAX but it has taken a while for games to support
A3D. In fact A3D is just starting to gain popularity
with A3D 2.0 and their latest sound cards.
G400 Max 10:05
reviewed the sizzling Matrox
Millennium G400 Max graphics card. If you are
dying to play with dual monitors, this is probably the
only card you may want to consider.
addition, Matrox went the extra mile and one-upped
the competition for this round of technology. The
addition of Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, "EMBM"
for short and VCQ2 Vibrant Color Quality2,
should give Matrox the lead in overall image quality
until the next generation of cards arrive.
Your Own Athlon System 08:19
I never expected a guide
like this from the CPU manufacturer. What I can
say is that AMD did a
good job producing it.
The recommended computer case that you buy can be a complicated mechanism. Take
some time to learn how to take the side panels off and put them back on. It is a good idea to
ask your salesperson to show you how the case is disassembled and assembled--especially
the installation of the power supply.
Quake Shakes Manhattan
is one very long trip
for a Quake player - from Alaska to NY just to play
Frances Roberts traveled from Fairbanks,
Alaska, to New York this week just so she could "frag" the virtual opponents she sees
on her computer monitor.
those who are unfamiliar with Linux but are keen to try
it. This article
could clear some of your doubts.
SGI is contributing the SMP code and journaling file
system from Irix [their Unix variant] to Linux. This is a good thing, because the SMP code in Irix is pure gold. Irix has scaled up to
256 processors before, and while this may be a while coming for Linux, it's more than most
systems will likely even need. A journaling file-system basically tracks changes as they are
made, and provides better safeguards against file-system corruption. They've also
developed a comprehensive set of Performance Management Visualization tools that may be
released open source (if they get enough interest from the Linux community). Yaay! We love
SGI, even if they did dump their previously über-cool logo in favor of their new boring one...
DirectX 7 Goes Gold
reported that DirectX 7 went Gold internally and will
be released to beta testers soon.
We have confirmation that Microsoft's DirectX 7 has gone Gold internally and is to
be released to beta testers soon. At the moment though we do not have a
confirmed public release date, but it will be released to the public before the end
of the month. The final version number is 4.07.00.0700
September 1999 - Saturday
Tired Of Hacks, U.S. Army Switches To Macs 13:21
this is one headline at TechWeb
that caught my attention. It's short, so the entire
chunk is here:
a series of hack attacks, the U.S. Army has switched
from Windows NT to Mac OS-based servers running
WEBSTAR Web server software for the Army home Page,
according to the U.S. Army Public Affairs
department. A report in ArmyLINK News says the
Macintosh does not offer remote logins and is
considered more secure.
Twice As Fast Really Matter?
announcement of the G4 must have waken some of you,
the incredible demonstration wasn't just meant to tell
you it is a furious 2X faster than the Pentium III,
but the fact that it is 2X faster than the PIII
running Intel's own tests. Enuf rambling, osOpinion
has an article
is in an uproar again because Steve said the G4 is
twice as fast as the Pentium III. People wake up,
even if the G4 isn't twice as fast, MHz for MHz the
PPC G4 will still beat the pants off the Pentium on
its worst day. THIS IS A FACT. Another thing is
apple didn't quote Bytemarks this time instead they
ran Intel's own test that they have so proudly
displayed on their web site. So if Apple ran Intel's
test that they use for the Pentium III on a G4 and
still came out ahead, shouldn't that count for
thing that should be considered is the fact that the
demonstration from last week is that the G4 was
demonstrated running Mac OS 8.6 with enablers or OS
9 and It wasn't even running OS X. OS 9 is rumored
to have some vector engine (Alti-Vec) code in it,
but OS X will be able to take advantage of most if
not all of the vector engine code. Run this through
your mind for a second or two, if the current Mac OS
running on a G4 is slicing and dicing Pentium III
running windows what do you thing will happen when
OS X debut? To semi quote Dennis Leary, "I
think you hear me knocking and I'm coming in with a
G4 system that will make mince meat of Pentium
more of the disappearing act in the coming days. But
for now... I've managed to slip away from life to post
about stuffs you might enjoy reading.
out a relatively new site Scott's
Hardware Site on their latest review on the Iomega
CDRW drive. Hmm, actually I only just found out
makes CDRW drives too. :)
installation of the Iomega ZipCD 650 went without a
hitch following the enclosed instructions. Simply
insert the installation disc, follow the on-screen
prompts, watch the optional installation tutorial
(for those of you who still may be a bit unfamiliar
with the internal workings of your PC) and when you
are finished, it prompts you to shutdown your
machine so you can install your new drive.
interviewed the honcho over at Egosoft on the game
"X" which resembles
you do something which is Sci-Fi related, it would
somehow be inspired by StarWars and StarTrek one way
or the other, unless you lived in a cage for the
last decades :) But X-Beyond the Frontier does have
it's own universe, and is not related to either of
these universes. In the Sci-Fi department I'm
personally a fan of the novels written by Isaac
Assimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Elite is another
story. Our game is not a copy or a sequel to Elite.
sent note on the new ASUS
6600 graphics card based on the GeForce 256
AGP-V6600 is featured with separate engines for
transformation, lighting, setup and rendering. It
provides a very powerful, highly efficient
architecture that delivers 15 million triangles per
second. Especially, the integrated Transform and
Lighting engine free up CPU bandwidth and allows
applications to represent high color quality and
texturing special effects at maximum frame rate.
Diamond Stealth III S540
sent note on their overclocked Diamond
Stealth III S540 review. Lots of benchmarks
included, so if you are a die-hard S3 fans, take a
look at the results.
usual, I tried to get a good feel for the
performance of the Stealth III S540. I ran a number
of popular benchmarks, whose results are reported
later in this review. Please note, these are the
same benchmarks I've been running for my other video
card reviews, so you can compare the results shown
in the different reviews on my site.
September 1999 - Friday
Mass Orgy @ Forums 23:59
finally whipped our dear artist Virgil
to deliver the
animated banner you see on the right hand side. So
dudes, catch all the orgy and sweat over
at our Forum now!
ABIT BE6-II Review 19:28
sure is fast with their new review on the ABIT
BE6-II motherboard. Wow, this baby supports up to
200 Mhz FSB !
biggest change in the BE6-II versus the original BE6
lies in the totally revamped Soft Menu II BIOS
has optimized their popular BIOS menu system to
incorporate information and summaries of each
switch's function to the right of the page. At first
glance the menus look virtually the same as what
we're all used to seeing, but once a sub-menu is
selected more data is presented about what exactly
the purpose of the switch is.
also updated us with highlights
on the ECTS event held in Europe.
The high point of the European gaming industry, a
showcase for all the great games due in the future,
and for many a great opportunity to get horrendously
drunk. This year was more of a muted event than
previous ones, as Eidos and Virgin had only a small
presence rather than the huge stands of previous
years, and there were also very few press parties to
look forward to this time round (so less of the
getting horrendously drunk then).
Price Cuts from Intel 19:25
guess all consumers like us will be smiling whenever
now have those price details, detailed below. Intel
cut prices on several of these parts only one month
ago, indicating an aggressive ramp up in the face of
These prices are for boxed parts and include
heatsinks and fans. The Celeron 400 drops by $8 to
$70, the 433MHz by $13 to $85, the Celeron 466MHz by
$13 to $105, and the Celeron 500MHz by $13 to $160.
The Pentium III/450 and the Pentium III/500 prices
remain at $185, and $254 respectively.
Meanwhile, the Pentium III/550 drops by $60 to $410,
while the Pentium III/600 drops by $50 to $610.
The new Pentium III/533B will be introduced at $380,
while the Pentium III/600B will cost $660. ®
Alpha Cooler 19:23
reviewed the new 3DfxCool
Alpha Cooler. The twin fans mounted on top are
capable of 26 CFM each and they sure pack a serious
the review, I used an average P3-450, which ran
stable at 558Mhz, albeit the CPU temperature was
52.4 °C/126.4 F. Mounting the unit to the P3 was a
piece of cake -- apply some heat sink goop and then
mount the CPU to the cooler. For the tests, I used
two different motherboards, since lately, I have had
better success with the AOpen AX6BC Pro Gold board.
The ABIT BX6R2 showed some instabilities in other
tests I was performing, so I thought it was better
to give the cooler a fair chance on a board that is
just rock solid.
Confidential Roadmap 19:16
where the guys posted a internal Intel
Confidential Roadmap up to year 2000. This is
there's one thing we can all see for the last
few months of 1999, it's that Intel isn't the
only game in town anymore. In fact, the CPU
field is really starting to feel crowded from
several different angles. Most recently,
Motorola is back in the fringe with their 7400
Microprocessor with Altivec technology? Huh? For
the uninitiated, this is actually the Macintosh
"G4" chip with "Velocity
ACPI Under Windows 98 19:15
bud pals over at CoolComputing
just updated their guide on Enabling
ACPI Under Windows 98. If you still do not know
how to enable ACPI, do take a look over there.
"hibernation" mode is especially
exciting. It is part of a feature which
Microsoft calls OnNow. Basically when the
computer goes into hibernation, everything in memory
is written onto an image file to the hard drive, and
the machine is turned off. But when you turn
the computer back on, the image file is loaded and
Windows 98 along with your desktop are right there-
the actual boot up process is eliminated. Hiep
has seen this work on a Toshiba notebook- when the
laptop comes out of hibernation, Windows 98
"loads" in something like 15 seconds.
@ 682 Mhz 19:11
682 Mhz sure is fast! TheTechZone
have some juice on how they
overclock their P3-550 to a whopping 682 Mhz.
me start by saying that Pentium III 550's are
reasonably good overclockers. Anyone who tells you
otherwise is probably smoking too much of the good
stuff. I've only had an opportunity to play with 3
of them, two retail and one preproduction unlocked
one. The poorest quality one did 644mhz at 2.1 volts
quite stably. The unlocked one did 650mhz at 2.1
volts. The good one, the one reviewed here, does
682mhz at 2.2 volts with the proper cooling. With
active cooling, nah, I'll speculate on that on the
Large Attack Pad 19:10
mouse mad madness as Quakecity
bring to us a review on the EverGlide
Large Attack Pad.
getting my Everglide Large Attack Pads in the mail,
I was anxious to try one out. It's a thick, hard,
plastic material (of proprietary origins), with
rounded edges and a very slight texture on the top
surface. I thought at first the pad was far to
'slippery', and my mouse (Logitech Wingman and
Microsoft Intellimouse), slightly dirty at the time,
seemed to skitter over the surface too fast...
things improved a bit after a thorough mouse
cleansing, and after turning down the mouse speed
about 15%, it started to feel comfortable.
network buddies over at 3aG
reviewed the Elsa
3D Revelator glasses. One word of caution, don't
play on a full stomach with these glasses on. :)
that you know what they are, let me try and tell you
how they work. You game has two buffers, right? The
front and back buffer. These are basically two
slightly skewed images of the same thing. Now, the
principal is, if you see one object from two
viewpoints, depth is the result. If you close one
eye, everything you see if 2D (even though you
percieve depth through shading, etc). However, when
you are using both your eyes, everything is 3D.
Creator v4 19:05
just sent note on the availability of EasyCD Creator
v4 for purchase.
are pleased to announce that Easy CD Creator 4
Deluxe is now available for purchase.
Adaptec's Easy CD Creator 4 Deluxe includes Take
Two, the easy-to-use image-based disaster recovery
program that lets you safely backup your system so
that you can recover from hard disk disasters. The
world's number one CD Recording software now also
includes DirectCD, and offers an improved
user-friendly interface and an animated guide to
help you. And you can turn authorized MP3
songs into CDs, access the CDDB online Disc
Recognition Service to automatically fill in audio
CD authors and titles, and edit video clips for
CanoScan USB Scanner 11:50
reviewed the CanoScan
FB620U Flatbed scanner. You know, I always like
Canon scanners for their sleekness last time.
procedures, are quite easy. Just place the scanner
on some surface, anywhere you plan to keep it for
easy access, plug the USB cable into the back of the
scanner, and route it to the USB port on the back of
the computer, then route the power adapter from the
back of the scanner to a nearby power outlet to give
it some juice.
Labs GeForce 11:44
do you know, our buds over at 3DHardware.net
sent note on their preview on the Creative
Labs GeForce graphics card.
GeForce256, the chip does all T&L
calculations itself, thus rendering a fast CPU
useless for gameplay. This has set a new
standard with 3D gaming as we see it, no longer
will you have to use the latest CPU in order to
get fast framerates.
Turbo Cooling 11:32
hard pals over at HardOCP
just posted another
new review on the Twin Turbo exhaust fan which
basically fins into a floppy slot and exhaust air out.
happened to mount mine as close to the mainboard as
possible facing down. I figured it would help
catch some of the heated air before it rose all the
way to the top of the case. I did have a
problem with the mounting hardware included.
It would not work with my Addtronics 7890 series
case. But that is the case's fault.
It has those funky slide in and out bays and the
holes did not line up correctly. I just went
ahead and stuck it in and it sits just fine there.
Dual Monitor Support 11:28
article over at ComputingPros
on how to setup a dual
monitor system under Windows 98.
now lets move onto the actual hands on part here.
The first thing you'll want to do is install the
2nd video card and hook it up to the 2nd monitor.
Always make sure you're grounded when handling sensitive
electronics equipment like your video card. This
can be accomplished by using antistatic wrist bands.
Your primary video card if you're setting up an
AGP/PCI system will be whatever you specify in your
BIOS to load up for display. You'll notice in your
BIOS settings that you can choose which to output
have another review on Drakan
straight from our gang leader over at FiringSquad.
of the biggest features in Drakan is that it combines
two distinct styles of action. It's all in 3rd person
and 3D, but part of the game you'll spend in hand
to hand combat (swords, axes, polearms, etc.), while
the other half is spent riding the back of your
trusty dragon, Arokh as you shoot fire, ice, lightning,
and more at your enemies. The gameplay for both
of these modes is truly unique. All of this is presented
through the breathtaking RIOT engine, and controlled
through a nifty interface that's easy to learn.
September 1999 - Thursday
Net's Birthday 23:35
have all come to take the Net for granted, may it be
email, irc or web browsing. I guess we never think
when it's birthday was. Now
we might really know.
Multiple OS Installation Guide
is for you if you run several OSs or intend to do
the negative side, it can be annoying switching
between OSs frequently. Imagine you are in Windows
98 and then suddenly realize you need to use 3D
Studio MAX, which is on your NT partition. You would
have to stop what you are doing and reboot the computer
into NT. This can be a time consuming process. Another
problem is multiple copies of the same program.
For example, you may have duplicate copies of your
anti-virus program in different OSs. Also, setting
up a multiple boot can be complicated.
BIOS Settings for Overclocking 15:30
have another new BIOS guide as TheTechZone
whipped up an
article teaching you the optimum settings for
one of the most widely asked questions is "What
settings should I use in my BIOS for overclocking?"
Well, there are no hard and fast rules for this.
In general, there are always going to be compromises
between speed and stability. What this
article shows is what the fastest settings generally
are, and gives some suggestions for which to use
posted their thoughts on the game Drakan.
game begins when a band of angry Wartok has burned
the main character, Rynn’s village down. She then
finds Atimar, the village priest, lay dying.
his last words he tells Rynn that the Wortok have
taken her brother, Delon. Rynn’s quest is to rescue
here brother with the aid of a fellow dragon she
meets her way. The dragon, Arokh was broken from
stone and bound with Rynn to help her on her quest
to free her people.
S3 goodies as our buds over at iXBT
sent note on their latest
review. Do check out their review, you will love
fact, Savage2000 appears to be the first, which
can boast two key architectural solutions already
realized: single-pass Quad-Texture engine and S3TL.
The first one is a graphics engine, which allows
superposing four textures: two over one displayed
pixel per time step. Moreover, there is also a regime
when all the four textures are superposed over one
single pixel simultaneously. Note that this option
(four textures superposition) isn't yet supported
by the applications but it is a very good step forward,
which will be very useful in the future. It is worth
mentioning here that the possible appearance of
a new technology can't be completely excluded. Namely
we mean the technology when the rendering is effectuated
by two pipelines simultaneously in two different
frame buffers and then the results obtained are
combined and displayed on the monitor.
Cooling your CPU 15:23
don't try this at home. It can be dangerous. SysopSolutions
sent note on their Liquid
Cooling project. Rather interesting, and if you
are those diehard (die harder) overclockers, do take
this liquid picks up the heat produced by the Peltiers
it has to be cooled before it is re-introduced to
the heat exchanger. Here is where our closed loop
system kicks into action. The pump now forces the
warm liquid through our radiator assembly manufactured
to have multiple passages throughout an aluminum
core with alternating corrugated fins and flat tubes.
The heat transfer capacity is further aided by two
large AC fans. The radiator accomplishes cooling
the liquid which is then re-circulated in the system,
preparing it again for the heat exchange from the
Peltiers. And so the cycle continues...
vs T&L 15:18
sent note on their new article on Fillrate
vs T&L. In case you don't know what T&L
stands for, it's Transform and Lighting.
nVidia claims that the GeForce is a completely new
architecture, in many ways it is just TNT2 X2 +
Hardware T&L. That may be oversimplification,
but you get the point. nVidia hasn't done a "ground
up" design since the original TNT, but they
label each TNT generation as just that.
buds over at HardOCP
just posted some naked pics of the new ABIT BE6.2
motherboard. How does 100 FSB settings sound to you?
Darn, don't you love it when you have something to
play with? *hint hint*
Java-killer Cool 09:00
Register reported that the Microsoft will be releasing
a 'Java killer' object-oriented language soon.
isn't a language in its own right -- rather, it's
a series of extensions to C++ designed to make C++
as easy to program as Java, in the hope that programmers
will, frankly, stop using the Sun product. The technology
comprises a programming framework that will hook
into the next version of Microsoft's Common Object
Model, COM+, part of Windows 2000.
one of those combo chipsets
integrated onto motherboards. This time from ALI.
Have a look!
and Nvidia jointly introduced the Aladdin TNT2,
chipset the companies co-designed and which combines
Nvidia's Riva TNT2 core with an enhanced ALI Aladdin
II chipset for Slot 1-based desktop PCs. The integrated
chipset is the first fruit of the Nvidia-ALI development
relationship that was officially acknowledged only
TNT2 Vs M64 08:42
The boys at Voodoo
Extreme mailed us about their short
writeup comparing these two chipsets from nVidia.
The M64 is an interesting part that will appeal to
those without deep pockets or those holding out till
the GeForce256, Savage2000 and 3dfx's Napalm deliver
their 'revolutionary' promise! Oh, if you're into
Q3A then may I suggest you pass the M64 to avoid disappointment?
just announced the groundbreaking GeForce256, normally
one would assume that nVidia would have put all
of their muscle (since the TNT2 was released) into
this upcoming flagship product, in order to hopefully
come out on top when the fourth-generation wave
hits this Christmas season. After all, that’s what
they’ve done every other time, eschewing the RIVA
128 in favor of the TNT, and the TNT in favor of
the TNT2. However, nVidia has taken a slightly different
approach this go-around.
we have seen for the first time from this pack leader
is the release of a cheap, low-end video card, based
on a detuned version of their flagship product,
just before the announcement of the next generation.
Anybody Hurt? 08:38
Ok, judging from the response in the forum, most of
us in this time zone must have came off unscathed.
But don't you take that for granted! Though I haven't
come across news blips of catastrophes, let us just
remain hopeful that the rest of civilization will
slip pass this pre-millennium glitch. Ouch!
FEP32 Cooler 06:53
There's also a review of the Globalwin
FEP32 cooler over at High
Performance PC Guide. This new cooler is slimmer
and two of it would fit into the BP6 just right!
FEP32 was designed for installation on the Abit
BP6 dual processors Celeron PPGA, because the large
FDP32 cannot sit side by side in the restricted
space between the two processors. Similarly, the
FDP32 does not necessarily sit comfortably on board
using socket 7 or socket 370, because often capacitors
near the processor obstruct the available space.
In this case, the FEP32 is a boon, due to its smaller
surface area, while permitting near equally efficient
cooling. To give you a better idea, the FEP32 covers
a surface area of 66mm by 60mm, or 3960mm square
by 44mm in height.
P3 Cooler 06:52
3DRage reviewed the
P3 cooler. Well, I will still prefer the Alpha
P125 cooler (I have a fetish for sizes). :)
the default heatsink and fan, my Pentium III 450
ran stable at 527Mhz at 2.2 volts. Not to shabby,
but I think we can do better:) When I disassembled
the heatsink and fan on the Pentium III and installed
the Globalwin package I couldn't wait to see the
results. I quickly went into Softmenu II and set
it to 560Mhz, when before it would freeze at the
Windows flash screen. I first tried the default
2.0 volts, but that didn't work out too well, as
it was still frozen at the Windows splash screen.
reviewed the game Odium.
Not my type of game, but it does sound interesting,
so just in case it appeals to you! =)
mission, if you choose to accept it (sorry for Mission
Impossible rip-off), is to infiltrate a city on
the brink of destruction. You are Lieutenant Cole
Sullivan, and you are going to lead a team of specialists
on an adventure that will test your strategic mettle.
Following an obscure lead, your team of specialists
has tracked down a spy-training facility in Poland.
An exact replica of a typical U.S. city, this "secret
city," named Gorky 17, had been presumed abandoned
since the end of the Cold War.
Live! Platinum 06:45
this is sizzling as 3DHardware.net
brings us a preview on the new SB
Live! Platinum soundcard. Hope I don't have to
junk my SB Live! so soon!
benefits of the Digital I/O card are obvious and
give users the possibility to output sound digitally,
bypassing the DAC, (which normally degrades quality)
directly to digital speakers/recorders etc. What
many people are frustrated about though is the fact
that the Digital I/O card can only be installed
in one of the slots in the back of the computer
thus occupying one slot space (be it ISA or whatever).
But more importantly (for those who use the Digital
I/O on a regular basis) is the connectivity and
easy access issue as you are forced to reach all
the way back in order to plug in instruments and
equipment. Since the first release of the Digital
I/O there has been a tremendous demand for a frontpanel
drive bay that would solve practically all the access
vs SB Live! 06:43
of the titans as 3dWars
did a thrash out on the MX300
vs the SBLive!. It's been quite a while since
both cards were released, so aside from how they degrade
game performance and how much they boost a game's
immersiveness, I think more importantly is how much
support have they gotten from game developers that
actually harnessed the cards' powess.
and Creative Labs have always been neck and neck
with each other. Whether it is graphics cards or
sound cards, they both chose to make high-end multimedia
solutions. Yet, this time, Creative Labs developed
its own technology whereas Diamond used the highly
acclaimed Vortex 2 chip. Creative’s path was to
create an audio ‘powerhouse’ that supported every
feature there was known to PC Audio. As for Diamond,
they chose to create a solution that modeled the
3D sound around the actual in-game environment,
which created a whole new mode of game play.
vs PC 06:41
posted an editorial on Mac
vs PC computers. Sorry, but I still like Microsoft
(my NT just crashed again. duh?!).
in the days of System software and Windows 3.1,
Windows 3.1 was considered the most popular OS out
there. Now there's Mac OS 8.6 and Windows 98 with
Mac OS 9 and Windows 2000 around the corner in the
near future. After comparing the two in certain
tests, by formatting both platform's hard drives,
and restoring them, I found that in crash tests
that the Mac OS 8.6 crashed only once vs. Win98
crashing a total of 8 times when both were compared
in a two hour period. Just so you guys know, I used
BYTEmark benchmark tests. So in Crash Tests, the
Mac wins out against the PC.
Shadow Man Review 06:36
sent note regarding their new review on the game Shadow
Man. Also, you can catch their full
ECTS'99 report over at here. Included are pics
of sexy babes, so don't miss'em. :)
many others out there we were privileged to get
a look at the GeForce card on show at Creatives
Booth. If you ever thought the PSX2 was going to
beat the PC by the time it launches at 3D Graphic
Operations then think again as the GeForce is easily
just as fast as the PSX2's hardware. We were shown
several technology demos (no that's not me on the
left, doh!, or right, doh!), one which featured
a bumped mapped sphere that had the ability to water
like morph into weird other objects.
Optimization Guide 4.1 06:12
updated his BIOS Optimization Guide, upping it to
version 4.1. Included in this new release are some
info on the AGP Aperture size and Master/Slave drive
September 1999 - Wednesday
HP PolarLogic ArctiCoolers 23:34
I'm running out of time? No way! Gotta post about this!
Thanks to Kyle
for sending note on this! Looks like we have a new generation
of coolers coming our way! You will be interested to
read about its development since 1995 when it is
deployed for use in HP's PA8000 processor. This is seriously
September 99 22:35
coming! The clock is ticking and we're 1.5 hours away!
One big day that have many of our local IS people
on standby. Maybe I'll have my savings quadrupled
(shucks! even that is pathetic!)... Even if the world
ends (prematurely), VIVA La RESISTANCE lives on!!!
Clone Coming!! 22:30
Sounds like a big
thing for PDA users out there! You won't know
why there are die-hard fans of 3Com's Palm devices
till you used one. Now, Handspring Inc, founded by
ex-Palm Computing duo, will launch Visor - a device
based around Palm OS 3.1 but CHEAPER, FASTER and MORE
EXPANDABLE. Now don't we like the sound of that? It's
going to be as small, as user-friendly... I can't
think of anything else. Colour maybe? Here's the story
Visor handhelds will utilize the processor, lithium-ion
battery and improved LCD screen from 3Com
has developed a number of new touches, such as a
new Palm-III like form factor that includes a built
in microphone and a slot that can accommodate a
range of peripherals, called Springboard modules.
The peripherals or modules will include a number
of devices, ranging from pagers to MP3 players to
voice recorders. Cellular phone modules are also
expected, sources said.
Springboard modules will offer plug-and-play, sources
said -- meaning that a user can slide a peripheral
into the Visor and have it up and running quickly,
without installing software on the device. The modules,
for the most part, will carry their own power supplies,
so that they will not wear down the batteries of
the device itself.
optimized hardware design will make the Visor faster
than the current line of Palm handhelds.
the same time, Handspring did some work to optimize
the datebook and calendar applications, sources
& Nuclear Holocaust? 17:42
anyone reassured that you won't end up with an empty
bank account at the turn of millennium, then just
trust him for once... THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO WORRY
ABOUT! From this article
at Yahoo! News,
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported that
28 out of 103 nuclear power plants recently failed
Y2K testing. Duh? If situations are ONLY so rosy in
the States, then what about the Russian plants?
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday
that 28 nuclear power reactors need to upgrade their
computers to avoid possible Y2K computer problems,
though none of the work still to be done involves
computer safety systems.
commission said 75 of the nation's 103 operating
nuclear power reactors were completely Y2K-compliant
and it believed there would not be any problems
with the remaining facilities becoming Y2K compliant
before year end.
3 3500TV 17:34
Sharks will not let anything by without tasting
it themselves. The Voodoo3s are still very good buys
if your concern is super quick gaming today! Outfitting
their fastest 3500 flagship with additional frills
only makes it more enticing? Or are they worth burning
the extra bucks?! Read
your Voodoo3 3500 video to your TV is a bit more
problematic. I was experimenting with the functionality
and found that while it will work properly for most
applications and games, there are still issues with
screen placement when displaying certain resolutions.
Disconnecting your monitor and using your TV as
the primary output device is also not recommended
as I had an unsatisfactory hit-or-miss ratio with
getting the screen to display. When the TV-out works,
it works very well and I did have some success watching
DVD movies and other movie file formats. Since the
Brooktree chip has been used successfully with other
cards, I'm hoping that 3dfx improves the Voodoo3
3500 drivers and works out some of the TV-out problems.
Announces New Series-7 Machine 17:18
Psion just announced a new
sub-notebook size computer that packs a heavy
punch squarely aimed at the WinCE-based PCs like the
announced the Series 7, the latest offering to mobile
professionals everywhere. With it comes Psion’s
first large full-colour screen, bigger keyboard
and PC card slot. Encased in leather, the sub-notebook
sized Series 7 delivers the best specifications
all round: it has a full touch-type keyboard, a
large memory, 8½ hours battery life, boasts the
fastest processor of any of the Psion family and
improved communications. Loaded with the latest
built-in Psion software, including full Internet
connectivity, email, word-processing, spreadsheet,
a powerful and flexible time manager and comprehensive
contacts database, the Series 7 has the core functionality
of the award-winning Series 5mx.
Are Underclocked 600Mhz? 17:09
Extreme sent note that because Intel is fast phasing
out the low-end PIII-450 & 500 chips, and demand
for the chips are still high, it is packaging underclocked
PIII-600mhz chips as PIII-450mhz! Whoa! Well, gotta
look for the SL35D!!!!!!
you should most probably know, Intel is already
going to discontinue the PIII 450 & 500 real
soon. Despite their quick phase out of the once
popular flagship processors to make way for the
later 133MHz models - the demand for the PIII 450
is still high. To solve this problem, Intel is currently
downclocking (can't think of a better word) their
PIII 600 chips to a 4.5X multiplier to make PIII
SL35D PIII 450 I have just recieved is of the same
kin. It shares the same SEC 4ns L2 cache as it's
600MHz brother. I managed to get it to boot into
Windows 98 at 600MHz without a heatsink/fan! Well...
It wasn't really stable as you might have guessed
but hey - NO COOLING!
what does this all mean? It basically means that
we will soon be able to ditch out some 600MHz action
flawlessly from the PIII 450 models if you manage
to get hold of one of these "downclocked" PIIIs.
I hope this will come in handy for you to share
with all your visitors. Remember that the stepping
is SL35D. Before running out and getting one though,
check to see that it has 4ns SEC L2 Cache!
freeeak! Can't concentrate on my work and decided
to update Hardware-One again! Dammit! I lose, you
BE6-II And BF6 Specifications Sheet 13:35
just sent down the specifications sheet of the 2 boards
they just announced, and we have them published here.
Check out what the BE6-II
and BF6 will have to offer! Here's a quote from
will have new features which make the boards even
more handy to use. Not to mention that the clock
generators will support 1 MHz steps between 84 and
MVP3G2 Super7 ATX 13:11
review from the AnandTech.
like the original MVP3G-M, the MVP3G2 (referred
to as the G2 from now on) boasts the same 5/2/1
expansion slot configuration (PCI/ISA/AGP) that
made the original board such a hit among Super7
users. Of the 8 physical slots (7 usable)
only one PCI slot is capable of accepting a full
length card. The other four are either blocked
by the front panel connectors or the poorly placed
floppy drive connector. Conversely, both of
the ISA slots are capable of accepting full length
Hot687 Socket370 13:04
reviewed the Shuttle
Hot687 Socket370 motherboard. This is one of those
mini-ATX motherboard with only 3 PCI slots and onboard
you're like me and you have a choice between CPU
voltage changes via the BIOS and jumpers, you go
with the former. Jumper jockeys rejoice, you have
plenty to play with here. A jumper of note is JP5
a.k.a. "Factory Reserved". You need to
remove this jumper in order to overclock the cpu.
The layout is straight forward and the pudgiest
of fingers will have room to work. The power connector
is nicely moved out of the way of your cpu etc...
Pretty much standard practice for Shuttle. Three
fan connectors with monitoring capabilities are
positioned properly on the board.
Dreamcast Review 12:55
once, we get things faster than our US counterparts.
The Dreamcast which was out long ago over here is
finally available in the US and you can count on our
pals over at FiringSquad
to give you a glimpse
of this baby.
Thursday, Sega will officially be launching their
Dreamcast console in the United States. Refusing
to make the same hardware mistakes of the past such
the Saturn's embarrassingly underpowered 3D graphics,
Sega has instead enlisted the technological wizardry
of NEC and VideoLogic. For the CPU, Sega chose Hitachi's
SuperH-4 RISC CPU. For the audio and optical storage
technology, the specialists at Yamaha were called
Hardware reviewed the Matrox
G400 graphics card. Dual head capabilities and
TV-out, it sure is attractive.
G400 also includes an impressive version of TV-Out,
with up to 1024x768x32 support for output to your
TV. Most of the competition supports 800x600, but
honestly I have seen that even that resolution is
to high. Usually if I plan on TV-Out with the TNT2
or others, I lower the resolution to 640x480 so
I can actually get better looking output. The G400
on the other hand can work fine at 800x600x32, giving
a great looking picture that provides a new level
of gameplay. Even though the video card does support
1024x768, I have to admit that the quality is not
exactly perfect, something you can blame the TV
on instead of the card developer.
Prophet Press Release 13:11
Dokie. Htmled the press release sent down from Guillemot
for you! Check out their latest
announcement on the nVidia GeForce256 based card
- 3D Prophet.
3D Prophet offers 32MB onboard RAM, a 350MHz RAMDAC
and TV-Out capabilities for excellent image playback
of DVD titles or games. Built with the Geforce 256
GPU, 3D Prophet features a 256-bit rendering engine,
a hardware transform engine, a hardware lighting
engine and a four-pixel-per-clock pipeline generating
an unprecedented 15 million triangles per second
and more than 480 million pixels per second! 3D
Prophet also supports AGP 4X with Fast Writes and
the most advanced supports for OpenGL* and Microsoft's*
new DirectX* 7.0 features such as cube environment
mapping, vertex blending and projective textures.
The card is also optimized for software DVD acceleration
and video playback.
man at HardOCP
decided you might want to achieve this (see pic below)
without the hassle of glue and what not! So check
out his review on the FragTapetm,
a thermally conducting and electrical insulating adhesive
like to take this opportunity again to thank all those
who are contributing to our RC5 efforts. So
those of you who have not join us do consider.
I like to stress again that our address for RC5 is
[email protected]. The
fact is that if you were to configure your client
with the wrong address, the generated blocks will
not come to us.
to lessen the pain seeing these blocks go to waste,
I've configured a client with the correct settings
for download. All you have to do is to unzip the file
(hyperlinked on the right column) to a directory and
run it. Once again, thanks!
Sharky's Private Eye: Volume III 11:14
don't miss this out as SharkyExtreme
spied around in the IT industry to bring
you the latest news. How does the new "Tejema"
1.2 Ghz processor and Camino2 chipset sound to you?
sources pointed out the fact that Slot-A is not
going to have (at least on the lower-end) a long
lasting life for the Athlon as AMD plans to move
to a socket based Athlon 'Select' launch next year
for the low-end. The Socket 423 (number of pins)
could change and plans are to build more capacity
for memory and integrate an 8MB L2 cache (at the
high end). You can expect Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI
et al. to be releasing socket based Athlon motherboards
in Q1 of next year. More good news for AMD comes
as the company has allegedly gotten their Dresden
factory online, thus the shift to .18micron happening
by late November is rapidly becoming a distinct
possibility. Bearing in mind that the Athlon 700
is due to start shipping in October, AMD looks certain
to grab yet more attention.
133Mhz Motherboard Shoot-out 09:00
have published a motherboard
shootout between the AOpen AX63 PRO and the SOYO
Pro Plus (VIA's answer to Intel's 440BX, and almost
identical to it), the Apollo Pro 133. This chipset
is pretty much the same as it's younger sibling,
apart from two
very important things. It supports the craved after
133Mhz FSB properly and AGP 4X. To make things even
better, the chipset has ATA66 support which none
of Intel's chipsets apart from the low-end intended
GeForce 256 Introduction 08:54
has posted an 7 page
article on NVIDIA's new GeForce 256.
"Ge" in the name is for Geometry (with a capital
"G") and the 256 represents the fact that the architecture
is of a 256 bit design. The 256 bit architecture
should be helpful for operating at resolutions above
800x600, though it seems that the external memory
interface may still be 128 bits wide with the internal
bus being 256 bits wide. This is an important issue
when comparing the chip to the upcoming Savage 2000
part from S3.
Another GeForce 256 Tree Demo Comparison 08:47
GeForce tree demo comparison.
This time by SystemLogic.
Anybody managed to get more than 10 frames on it?
for being the first card I tried the demo with,
it looks pretty damn good. It ran slow, ESPECIALLY
when turning the depth on and adding more leaves.
Also when you
move up closer to the leaves. But the lighting seemed
to look pretty good, although you still notice a
pretty decent difference in quality with the GeForce